Sorry to hear you're feeling so poorly Treehouse.
As you are feeling so ill, are you sure it's just a cold? Or do you think you may have an infection? Is your operation site all looking OK - no swelling, redness or particular pain in that area?
Rest up, keep warm - and drink plenty. xx
Yes use laxatives, I also had the blue/green pine cone surprise 2 days after op, it felt like it was coming out backwards too, sorry too much info, was a tad painful!
Good to hear Mai is doing ok and good luck Trish, it will be fine. We all seem to be moving on towards the finishing line!!
Doing a lot of sitting down jobs today, tired again and rubbish at sleeping, just can't get comfortable. DH has already retreated back into the spare room due to my snoring and restlessness!!
Back on to day 2 if Moving Forward course tomorrow, it is interesting but its the drive to get there and back that isn't good. May see how it is tomorrow then mention to the host that it is too much and could they send the handouts to me etc. Got to balance my 12 spoons of energy each day according to them and I used 3 driving there and back and sitting for 3 hrs...
LASTEST MAI UPDATE:
I've just this minute received a text from Mai which I'll repeat here for you all:-
"I'm awake and doing OK, was very sleepy after surgery and was sick in the night and early this morning from anaesthetic They may keep me in tonight depending on how much I eat and whether I keep it down? I've looked at my scar, they've taken a lot of tissue so it looks a bit caved in. Going to be one hell of a rebuild next year if they feel they can attemmpt recon. Let everyone on the forum know I'm OK"
I think you'll all agree with me, that Mai seems to be getting back on form - and hopefully we can encourage her even more once she's back on here!
I've passed on your thoughts and good wishes to her and wished her a speedy recovery from us all. x
Hi Buddyfan - the majority of us are now pass the T part of chemo and I think I'm correct in saying that whilst on the chemo our nails all faired well, I think we suffered stifness in fingers and painful fingernails but it's since chemo has stopped that the actual nail problems seem to occur - I don't think any of us have actually lost any yet?!
Personally, I have found the ridge which started off near the nail bed and has slowly worked it's way up each nail is now three quarters of the way up the nail, making the nail above the ridge to become brittle and vulnerable to breaking (lower down on the nail than would like) - it's just a case of continuing to keeping them trimmed, using nail cream and varnishing or using a clear nail protector until the ridges outgrow.
Hi Daffodil - So my appointment with the onc today did turn out to be all about rads! (thankfully). She reiterated what the surgeon had told me - chemo and surgery had got rid of the cancer and I was now free. They are proposing rads and herceptin injections as the belt and braces to stop it returning. I'm having rads to the chest wall on the right and collar bone area. Hoping planning appointment will be next week then apparently it takes 2 weeks for the planning to all be done and then rads (fingers crossed) will commence 4 Dec - 15 sessions meaning my final one would be Friday 22 Dec......!!!
I'm now going to return to work until rads begin - but not until Wednesday!! I need one more day of freedom!
I would like to point those of you on Facebook to a lovely page of poems written by someone on the Triple Negative Warrior private group. She says it like it is so sorry in advance for the swearing but her poems about cancer sum it up so well and you will be able to relate to them.
See the page called A warrior's words : poems of cancer
Edwina is an amazing poet, a skill she learnt during treatment! This is her own page and not part of the private group.
Hi all, I've been away over the weekend with a group of girl friends, it was so lovely to get away, 10 of us rented a lovely house near Portsmouth and just chilled out. Have been doing it every year since kids were small and I wasn't sure at one time if I would be able to go, so pleased that it was possible.
Glad to hear that those who had colds/aches are feeling better. I'm desperately trying to avoid getting anything before s*****y
Mai - too late for me to wish you good luck but hope all has gone well, am thinking of you and look forward to an update when you're able.
MAI UPDATE : Just had text from Mai - she's so thirsty bless her - hasn't had a drink since 6am. She has been visited by surgeon and anesthetist and is due to go to theatre at 2pm. She informs me she has artwork on the correct boob - so she's ready to go! Keep up the positive vibes for her xx
Jay I love your motto and will make it mine!
Treehouse, so glad that you're feeling better. I think we have to grab the good days when they come, and hopefully there will be many more.
Mai, I'm probably too late to wish you luck for today, but I wish you all the best and will be sending you big (gentle) hugs and positive vibes.
Mai - you're going to be in my thoughts all day today - I wish you lots of luck. You'll be absolutely fine and before you know it, you'll be back on the ward - smiling, drinking and eating, just you wait and see.
The very best bit will be knowing for absolutely sure that the nasty stuff will have been taken away and you can hold your head up high and carry on.
From my point of view, I certainly feel no less of a woman for loosing a breast - in fact, I am more of one - I've fought a long and difficult battle and I have the scars to show it! I've come through the other side and this will be you soon Mai.
TO ALL LADIES HERE'S OUR MOTO : "We've been brave now it's time to be proud"
Take lots of care and let us know when you're up to it. xxxx
Thanks ladies, it's just a wobble but I'll be fine. I think 6 months of chemo has been a really long time to think about it. If I'd had it whipped off straight after diagnosis it would have been easier as I was desperate then to get rid of it and disappointed that they couldn't operate, but why have I changed now? I guess part of me feels a false sense of security that the chemo has got rid of it but that is only part of the treatment needed and it must be stopped from coming back with the full triathlon. Xx
Mai, I totally understand how you feel. Wherever you look there are boobs everywhere. On TV, in mags, in the shops etc. The way I deal with it is I know that I had to loose my boob to save my life. It is that simple. Once you get your head around that you can start to move on and accept it. I found it difficult on holidays on the beach with ladies in bikinis and boobs everywhere but that was just a few days. I know I made the right decision for me.